What an incredible night of football this is. A very memorable 3-1 win against Man United. This is definitely one of Liverpool’s best result in this season alongside Liverpool’s 1-0 win against Chelsea. Kuyt and Suarez are the top performers in this match which also marked Carroll’s debut.
Dalglish made a bold switch of play from the more defensive 3-4-2-1 employed previously to the more offensive minded 4-4-2 which saw Kuyt and Suarez being paired up front. And what an effect this had. Although ManU was lacking their usual (and more solid) central defenders, take nothing away from the performance of Liverpool. They were simply a joy to watch.
Kuyt scored all three goals of the night while Suarez has been very lively and waltzing his way past the ManU defense a few times. Suarez was unlucky not to get a goal but the applause he got as he was subbed off towards the end of the match showed how much the Liverpool fans enjoyed and appreciated his contribution for the day. ManU’s defense simply could not handle him.
Gerrard was also in good form after returning from his injury to run up and down the length of the pitch. He got some shots close to the goal but ultimately, none went in. However, defensively, he did his part too, going back to help nullify the threat from Rooney and co in more than one occasion.
After witnessing the effect of Suarez and Kuyt’s partnership upfront, one has to wonder if Dalglish will continue with this pairing and slowly ease Carroll back into the fold via substitutions or will he rotate the three with Kuyt making some appearances down the right wing?
Liverpool headed into this match on the back of a two game winless streak that saw a 1-1 draw against Wigan and a 1-3 defeat to West Ham which threatened to put an end to Liverpool’s previous fine form and gained a win against the current leaders of the Premier League. And now, they head into the next match against Sunderland with renewed confidence and belief. Following the visit to Sunderland, Liverpool will visit West Brom before entertaining the blue half of Manchester, Man City. If Liverpool maintains their confidence and gets the results, Liverpool may well finish in the top 5 and qualify for Europe yet.